Review | Empath: A Complete Guide for Developing Your Gift and Finding Your Sense of Self by Judy Dyer

“Being an empath is not limited to high sensitivity and emotions; they intuitively know the intentions and motivations of others.” 4/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: sensitivity, meditation, energy vampires, normalization, thoughts and the gift of empathy.

I feel like I should give some context about me and my life before I write the actual review, so here it goes!

I always knew I felt empathy for others in a deeper way. Not only that, but I capture energy and information in a very natural way – to the point that it becomes quickly overwhelming – and I also read people and their intentions relatively fast.

The sad part is that for the longest time in my life, I thought about this part of myself as a disability. While growing up, I often felt confused due to the overload of information that I received daily and I never understood why. And to be completely honest, even though I’m better at it, I still struggle with it to this today. One of my oldest friends that I met in elementary school still tells me that I sometimes look like a weathercock – yes, you read it correctly – because I keep looking everywhere even when she’s talking to me. At this point I’m just glad she still wants to hang out with me! Kudos to her, she’s a true friend 🙂

Well, the truth is that I’m just a big ol’ empath. I get distracted easily, I absorb other people’s emotions, and I get overwhelmed. It is what it is. So when this book was recommended to me by my beautiful friend Sofia, I was very interested to see what it was all about. Even though I’m getting better at dealing with this constant overload of information, I still want to know more about ways of dealing with it in the best way possible.

The first thing I need to say about this book is how impressed I was only by reading the first chapter. The way the author describes empaths blew my mind! It felt like she observed me for years and then decided to write a book about me! She even talked about the kind of music empaths listen to and how they dream and later analyse every aspect. It made me feel like I’m not alone in this, which I appreciate!

I also love how concise and straight to the point the book is. It is a very short book – so you go through it quickly – but everything that is said is relevant and all the tools given are practical, useful and easy to apply in the everyday basis. This is great because it means the author was very thoughtful about who she knew would read her book. No BS content, just straight forward content for straight forward people.

Overall the book was very helpful to me in very different ways. It always makes me feel better to know that I’m not alone in this. I feel comforted to know that there are so many people that go through this as well. I wasn’t aware of the concept ‘normalization’, but it means that you should be grounded for time to time, so that you don’t get so overwhelmed. I’m definitely going to practice this with the tools given.

She definitely gave me confidence to accept this HUGE part of me and work with it, not against it – which I also appreciate. I only wish the book was longer, because I was very happy to read something so useful to me. I would highly recommend this to all my empath buddies out there! It’s completely worth it.

xoxo, Neide

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